Ellipse wrote: ↑
31 Aug 2019, 21:19
As we wait for the factory to wrap up mass assembly in a two weeks, I have written an article on misconceptions about the Model F. The goal of the article is to help explain some of the initial hesitations people have had about the Model F before they did some more reading and research. I think that the biggest barrier to increased adoption of the Model F is lack of awareness in the market.
If you have anything to add or discuss that would help convince people on the Model F feel free to post here or message me.
https://www.modelfkeyboards.com/misconc ... ople-away/
I think the hardest selling point for the repros, at least with some people (*), is going to be the physical layouts themselves. Sure, compact lovers will be happy with the F62, but those (**) who cut their teeth with the larger form factors (TKL and upwards) will forever bemoan the lack of a proper F row, even if using an F77. Many times during the course of the early bird round, I've refrained myself from saying "Ellìpse, go TKL!" or "75%, FFS!", knowing that you're focused on the classic 4704 layouts. But...
... if all goes well now, that's a point you'll need to reconsider for the second round. TKLs do exist (SSK), but they've never ceased to be in high demand (and the repros could be made in the EFTKL form factor instead, so they won't feel as a simple rehash)
. Also, in between TKL and compact keyboards, there's the 75% form factor, which simply doesn't exist in buckling springs and could be quite another innovation (for that matter, the 96% could finally be done properly, liberating that form factor from its defficient 1800 roots!)
(*): Me, okay?
ME. And perhaps a few others, too
(**): See (*).